Disney+ Day is just a day away, but last night saw a few Disney executives tease a few upcoming projects during a “quarterly investor call.” Nearly a year ahead, Disney announced several projects that will enter public households sometime near early fall or next summer. Among these projects were The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spin-off titled Andor, Ms. Marvel from Marvel Studios, and the live-action remake of Disney’s Pinocchio. Like most Disney remakes, Pinocchio has its roots in a public domain fable, but will draw most of its inspiration from the classic Disney animated film.
A live-action Pinocchio movie is coming, thanks to Disney
Pinocchio sees the story of a puppeteer named Gepetto, who then wishes for one of his puppets to come to life because he is too lonely in his own life. His wish comes true and his doll, Pinocchio, goes on an adventure hoping to prove he is a “real boy” beyond just string and animated wood.
On last night’s call, Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy revealed that the film will debut on Disney+ sometime around the fourth quarter of next year, although the exact release date is still unknown. Usually, Disney’s fourth quarter falls between July and September.
The film is directed by Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis
Forrest Grump and Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis will direct the film, with Tom Hanks in the role of Gepetto. Hanks and Zemeckis previously collaborated on the 2004 CG adaptation of The Polar Express.
Many filmmakers have objected to direct-to-streaming as a release strategy, but Zemeckis seemed unaffected by the plans. It was announced last December that Pinocchio might be going straight to the app, and after a quarter where their subscription growth has finally cooled off, it could probably be a good thing to have a lot of big projects to look forward to tomorrow during the presentation. .
“Even with the disruption caused by COVID-19, we have been able to effectively manage our businesses while taking bold, deliberate steps to position our business for greater long-term growth,” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek. last year. “The real bright spot has been our direct-to-consumer business, which is key to the future of our company, and on this anniversary of the launch of Disney+, we are pleased to report that as of the end of the fourth quarter, the service more than 73 million paid subscribers, far exceeding our expectations in the first year.”
Aside from Tom Hanks, Pinocchio would also star in Joseph Gordon-Levitt who voices Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo as The Blue Fairy, Keegan Michael Key as Honest John, Luke Evans as the coachman and Benjamin Evan in the title role.